War Cabinet backs deal – Which parties support the deal, which disagree, which are “keeping their cards closed”
THE Netanyahu’s government has a majority in the 38-member cabinet to approve the hostage deal, despite opposition from the far-right Religious Zionist and Jewish Power parties with their six cabinet votes.
The War Cabinet supports the agreementand will likely garner 19 votes held by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and five votes held by War Minister Benny Gantz’s National Unity party, the Times of Israel reports.
The ultra-orthodox party “Sas” will vote in favor of the nascent deal, a party representative clarified. Shas leader Arieh Deri consulted the ultra-Orthodox party’s religious advisers, who “instructed” him to put the party’s six ministerial positions in support of the deal on “to release the hostages who are in grave danger.” Derry was removed from the cabinet earlier this year but is an observer in the war cabinet.
The United Torah Judaism party, which has two positions, has yet to publicly express its positions. But according to reports in the Jewish media, he is going to support the deal.
During the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu made it clear that part of the agreed plan would be visits by the Red Cross to the abductees who have not yet been released – including the supply of medicine.
Information on the release of 50 hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners
A source close to the negotiations between Hamas and Israel said that under an agreement, 50 Israeli hostages kidnapped by the Islamist group could be released, while also providing for a cessation of hostilities for several days.
At the same time, an unspecified number Palestinian women and children he will also be released from prisons in Israel under the terms of the deal, the same source told Reuters news agency.
Earlier, a spokesman for Qatar’s foreign ministry said talks on the release of hostages in Gaza are at the “closest point” since the conflict began.
“We are the closest we’ve ever been to reaching an agreement,” Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majed Al-Ansari said.
Netanyahu: “The return of the hostages is our sacred and supreme mission”
Earlier, in his statements, the Prime Minister of Israel characterized “sacred and supreme mission” the return of Israeli hostages taken by Hamas on 7 October.
“The return of our hostages is a sacred and supreme mission – to which I am committed. We will not deviate from our mission which is to return them, and it is my responsibility as well as the war cabinet,” he said in statements today, Tuesday.
Netanyahu made the statement after he and his war cabinet met with the families of the hostages on Monday as anger among the hostages’ relatives over the government’s delay in the matter grows.
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